Genre: Avant-garde/Progressive Rock/Metal
Country: Norway
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year: 2018

No more than five listens were needed for this to be a must for my collection as well as a classic for my compulsive lists. In the Woods… have the characteristics to reign through simplicity and evoke rich feelings through simple use of sounds ideas. They manage to discover the truth without being harsh while they are established to the scene as a band that tries to evolve, to change face, without counterfeiting their history while always adding new elements. Eighteen years of silence are a lot, the dynamics that gave birth to their return album “Pure” in 2016, brought as an aural result “Cease the Day” and if you listen to familiar stuff and similar patterns as before, you are correct. There will be some who will talk about a best of approach, a safe choice and a tried recipe. I don’t blame them and I think this album is less dangerous when it comes to how much it explores and progresses, but the overall sum is strong due to the quality of the compositions. Especially the black metal parts with the shrieks and the tremolo guitars hit sensitive spots I have to admit. It is worth every second of listening and ever penny of the purchase. I said it again, but I already consider it a classic.

4,5/6